|March 12, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the 25 other states challenging the federal health care act today filed a reply brief with the United States Supreme Court on the States’ Medicaid coercion claim. The brief argues that the federal health care act coerces the States by requiring them to expand their Medicaid programs at significant costs to the States or risk losing all of their federal Medicaid funding.
“If the federal government can coerce states to administer federal programs by threatening to withhold billions of dollars that are extracted from in-state taxpayers in the first place, then there are no limits to Congress' spending power,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Today’s reply brief is in response to the federal government’s answer brief on Medicaid which was filed Feb. 10.
Follow this link to view the reply brief: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/MMFD-8SBRX5/$file/31212replybrief.pdf